If you are interested in exploring the world to gain a better understanding of globalization, both the positive and negative ways it affects your life, Global Opportunities RAP could be a great choice for you.
When you join this RAP you will develop a greater appreciation of the wider world. You will also learn about various opportunities to incorporate your international interests with your academic studies - both on and off campus. You will explore various majors, minors and certificate programs as well as housing and exchange options for beyond your first year in college.
Roommate restriction: Students in this RAP must room with other students in the RAP.
This RAP is a great choice for students who may be interested in joining Thatcher Language & Culture House beyond their first semester at UMass.
Read what Fall 2019 instructor Manuela Borzone has to say about this course:
This course is inspired by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
In this RAP course, We will explore contemporary examples of futuristic dystopian societies from around the world, including Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road , Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Alex Rivera’s film Sleepdealer, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and selected Black Mirror episodes, among others.
We will discuss and analyze questions these futuristic societies present for us today such as: where are the limits of data surveillance? Should we revisit certain traditions? How do we build a more just society for everyone? What makes us human? How do we create positive change in the face of grim ecological prospects?
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